SRINAGAR: The cancellation of air flights and suspension of traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway due to inclement weather conditions have affected commuters in the Valley.
Commuters-students, businessmen, employees- have to either delay their scheduled visits or remained strained on the way for days together. Students who had to move out of the Valley and the patients who are being referred by doctors outside the State for treatment were deeply hit.
On Monday and Tuesday, both air and road traffic remained suspended due to the snowfall in most parts of the Valley. On Monday fifteen flights took off while on Tuesday single flight was allowed out of 30 flights scheduled for the day. The road traffic remained suspended for two consecutive days and resumed partially on Wednesday.
Bisma Ali (name changed), a marketing employee of a multinational pharmaceutical company told Kashmir Reader that she along with her colleagues had remained stuck for four days in Delhi because all flights to Srinagar were cancelled.
“I had been to Delhi for an official meeting. I had to spend extra four days here due to flight cancellation,” she said.
Ali said the delay cost them heavily as they had to spend extra money on lodging and boarding.
Commuters including tourists at the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained stuck for long hours, faced shortage of eatables and paid extra money for meals at makeshift dhabas which charged exorbitant rates.
“I had to buy water bottles or tea for almost doubled rates. My decision to travel by road instead of flying turned out to be a nightmare,” Harish Kumar, a resident of Delhi said. He arrived in Srinagar on Thursday after travelling for three days.